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I'd like to tell you why I have decided to canvass and what your donation does.
My mother's side of the family has a strong history of early heart disease in women. My grandmother passed away at age 47 due to heart disease, and my own mother required a triple bypass at 39 years old. As an 18 year old at the time, I was terrified to think that I could lose my mother due to this disease so early. Thankfully, through intervention, surgeries and medication, she is still with us nearly 20 years later.
This year I am 36, and I am well aware that I could be next. I have seen firsthand what this disease does to an individual and their family, and because of that I am passionate about the need for further research and awareness. More specifically, I want to see further research into how heart disease effects women uniquely, and more awareness that heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in women in North America. I believe that because heart disease has been historically viewed as a men's issue, the causes, risks and symptoms of heart disease are less understood in women and many do not realize they are at risk. An article published earlier this year by Harvard stated that:
"Most of our ideas about heart disease in women used to come from studying it in men. But there are many reasons to think that it's different in women. A woman's symptoms are often different from a man's, and she's much more likely than a man to die within a year of having a heart attack. Women also don't seem to fare as well as men do after taking clot-busting drugs or undergoing certain heart-related medical procedures. Research is only now beginning to uncover the biological, medical, and social bases of these and other differences. The hope is that new knowledge will lead to advances in tailoring prevention and treatment to women.Though cancers such as breast cancer are typically viewed as a widespread killer of women, heart disease kills women up to 6 times more than breast cancer each year."
Additionally, the same article states that many women say their physicians never talk to them about coronary risk and sometimes don't even recognize the symptoms, mistaking them instead for signs of panic disorder, stress, and even hypochondria.
Heart disease and stroke share many risk factors and because of this, often go hand in hand. These issues are tied together and must be tackled together.
I’m canvassing to create more survivors!
All of the money I raise will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, where they’ll use it to develop life-saving treatments that bring hope to heart disease and stroke patients. In the last year alone, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has helped create 165,000 survivors of heart disease and stroke.
Because this issue is so important to me, I am putting my money where my mouth is and I've made my own donation to this campaign. Please help me reach my fundraising goal by making a donation today!
It's only with your help that we can continue to fund this vital research, and return more survivors home to their loved ones.
Thank you so much for your support!